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FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 9, 2013) The budget standoff in the nations capital has stalled the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition, which had been set to take place here Oct. 15-17.
Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III announced Oct. 8 that the event will be postponed until a yet-to-be-determined date due to the current constraints on spending for temporary duty trips.
I appreciate the continued commitment and flexibility of all agencies and commands involved in Best Warrior, Chandler said in a message to the Armys most senior non-commissioned officers. Ive told many of you that this years competition will test our agile and adaptive warriors with a compressed timeline and a few surprises, so this date change adds yet another unexpected level of challenge.
The first phase of the 12th annual Best Warrior Competition was set to begin Sunday, with the arrival of competitors from overseas locations. The remainder of those competing 24 in all, representing 12 major commands would have reported Monday.
Live-stream of AUSA to allow viewer participation
This year, the Army will live-stream nearly every discussion panel that occurs at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Remote viewers will also be able to interact with panelists via social media.
Many Soldiers will not be able to attend the Oct. 21-23 event in person, due to lack of budget and restrictions on travel. However, the educational and professional development panels will be available to them online, and they will even be able to ask questions.
We look at the Army part of AUSA as a great opportunity for professional development, said Maj. Alison M. Hamilton, of Army Public Affairs. Live-streaming these forums will give Soldiers the opportunity to hear senior-leader priorities, learn how they view changes in the force over the next ten years, and hear about important policy decisions and the Ready and Resilient Campaign. They will also be able to ask questions, feel engaged, and be more connected to decision makers. This years AUSA will undoubtedly have an emphasis on declining budgets. But the symposium will also feature discussions related to military Families, equipment modernization, the Ready and Resilient Campaign, energy security, regionally aligned forces, leader development, equipping the Army of the future, and the security of North America.
Live-streaming of the multiple panels will be available through a microsite on Army.mil, at www.army.mil/professional. Soldiers and Family members will also be able to ask questions of the speakers at appropriate times through social media. On site at the convention, moderators will pass questions from remote viewers on to the speakers.